WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Ashton Carter, President
Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, on Wednesday
underscored his determination to boost the U.S. defense budget,
drive down the cost of new weapons and make sure new
technologies are delivered to troops more quickly.
Carter, who served as the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer and
the No. 2 official before leaving for a stint in the private
sector, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that there was
no “silver bullet” to fix the way the Pentagon buys weapons.
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on
Wednesday announced a two-year project aimed at making it easier
for NATO and member countries to share costs and buy weapons as
a group as they struggle to stretch scarce defense budgets.
Under the initiative, the U.S. Defense Department and State
Departments will consider on a case-by-case basis requests to
buy U.S. equipment from a “lead nation” or international
organization on behalf of others.
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
nominee for defense secretary on Wednesday vowed to cut through
“red tape” slowing U.S. arms deliveries to Jordan, which plans
to step up its fight against Islamic State after the killing of
a captured Jordanian pilot.
Ashton Carter, a former No. 2 Pentagon official, told the
Senate Armed Services Committee it was important for Jordan to
be able to acquire the weapons it needed, and he would work to
address concerns raised by King Abdullah during a meeting with
committee members on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s pick
to become U.S. defense secretary told Congress on Wednesday he
was leaning in favor of providing arms to Ukraine, in what would
be a departure from U.S. policy that opponents say could fan the
flames of war.
Ashton Carter, a former Pentagon No. 2, said he would “very
much incline” in supplying defensive arms to Ukraine, adding the
United States needed to support the country’s efforts to defend
itself against Russian-backed separatists. U.S. officials have
acknowledged taking a fresh look at the issue.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force’s fiscal 2016 budget plan earmarks $7.1 billion for space programs, including a 10th Global Positioning System III satellite by Lockheed Martin Corp, and sets the stage for future competition for such satellites.
Lockheed won the contract to build GPS-III satellites in 2008, beating out Boeing Co, which had built earlier GPS satellites. The program has since run into delays due to technical challenges with a key sensor built by Exelis Inc.
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Missile Defense
Agency on Monday said it was close to finalizing a
government-led effort to redesign a Raytheon Co “kill
vehicle” used in the ground-based missile defense system that
would involve Raytheon, Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin
Vice Admiral James Syring, who heads the agency, said the
government would own the new design, which it would use as the
basis for a competition to produce the new vehicles in 2018.
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy’s fiscal 2016
budget plan would pay for 492 manned and unmanned aircraft,
including 13 F-35 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp
, but omits any funding for Boeing Co F/A-18
fighters or EA-18G electronic attack jets.
Last year, the Navy also omitted EA-18G jets, or Growlers,
from its base budget request, but later told Congress on an
“unfunded priority list” that it wanted $2.1 billion to buy 22
more of the planes, given the growing threat of electronic
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year seeks $14 billion (9 billion pounds) for cybersecurity efforts across the U.S. government to better protect federal and private networks from hacking threats.
Federal cybersecurity funding has steadily increased in recent years, reflecting the intensity of threats U.S. companies and government agencies are facing from cyber intruders, both domestic and foreign.
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Facing new security challenges
in the Middle East and Ukraine, the Obama administration on
Monday proposed a $534 billion Pentagon base budget plus $51
billion in war funds as it urged Congress to end spending cuts
which it says erode U.S. military power.
In addition to the base budget and war funding requests, the
administration proposed some $27 billion in defense spending at
other agencies, primarily nuclear weapons work by the Department
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Resilience, innovation and advances in technology will be key factors as NATO maps out a multibillion-dollar effort to replace its aging fleet of 17 Boeing Co E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, a top NATO official told Reuters.
French General Jean-Paul Palomeros, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, said NATO was starting to map out its requirements for the next-generation of weapons to detect air and surface threats, which will be needed between 2030 and 2035.